New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday expressed gratitude to the countrymen for donating to ‘Bharat Ke Veer’, a trust into which public can contribute to support families of martyrs of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) but advised people to remain vigilant as some unscrupulous elements are soliciting contributions from people through other accounts, as per reports.

“It’s advised that people desirous of supporting families of martyrs of CAPFs should only contribute through the website. Contributions are free from income tax.” It also told people about the problems arising due to a slow server. It added, “During the last few days, there has been a tremendous response from people wanting to contribute through the website. MHA is grateful for this support. However due to heavy traffic, sometimes a slow down is reported in accessing the website,” an advisory issued by the MHA said.

The CAPF comprises of- Border Security Forces (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Security Guard (NSG), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Assam Rifles and is managed by a committee comprising of Director Generals of CAPFs.

In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, several state governments have announced cash and jobs for the kins of the martyrs. The Rajasthan government had on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh and a job to the family members of CRPF jawans from the state. Soldiers Welfare Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the government stands with the families of the slain soldiers in the tough times.

The state government will give Rs 25 lakh to the wives of martyred soldiers or Rs 1 lakh cash along with 25 bigha land or Rs 1 lakh cash with one MIG house, he said. Khachariyawas added that Rs 3 lakh will be given to the parents of martyrs, a job for wife or son or unmarried daughter, besides other facilities.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh rupees to the next kin of all those CRPF jawans who belonged to UP. Odisha CM announced enhancement of ex-gratia for next of the kin of CRPF’s Prasanna K Sahoo and Manoj Kumar Behera who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack. They will be given ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each instead of Rs 10 lakh. The state will also bear the cost of the education cost of their children.

The Maharashtra government had announced a Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, India on Friday hiked basic customs duty on all goods imported from Pakistan to 200 per cent. The decision comes into force with immediate effect, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on micro-blogging site Twitter.